The Greater Mount Airy Sports Hall of Fame will induct its 2012 class this afternoon at the Andy Griffith Playhouse.
Three athletes, a coach and a longtime sports enthusiast will be honored in the ceremony which begins at 3 p.m.
The three athletes are tennis star Elizabeth Bell Boyd, triple jump star Michael Patton and three-sport star John Sanders Jr. The coach is longtime Mount Airy coach James Hayes.
Along with these four figures, the city will posthumously award Griggs Hampton with the annual Granite City Award. That honor goes to someone who did not play or coach a sport or serve as an administrator, but who otherwise substantially contributed to the promotion of sports in this area.
Hampton was a tireless fund raiser for charitable organizations such as the American Cancer Society and March of Dimes. He also was a fixture on the sidelines of Mount Airy High School. He died in December 2011 from cancer.
The Class of 2012 was selected from a committee based on nominations from the public.
The committee members include Chairman Ben Cooke, Mayor Deborah Cochran, City Manager Barbara Jones, Commissioner Jon Cawley, David Beal, Scott Kniskern, Buzz Snyder, Rondale Ratcliffe, Gary Pruett and Catrinia Alexander, city parks and recreation director.
After the ceremony, the Parks and Recreation Department will hold a reception on the lawn of City Hall, weather permitting.